The Hangman Cometh!

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All Rise For The Hangman

He comes from the land of the dead.
Leaving his victims with eyes full of dread.
The crime has been done and the price will be paid.
All hell breaks loose and justice is being made.


Stretch the rope, hang it high!
Bring the sinner, he’s about to die!
God cant help you, nobody can!
Open the gates, all rise for the hangman

Condemned to be hung its the worst kind of death.
The judge has no mercy he has only wrath.
Dont look for redemption inside your psycho mind.
When the hangman is here damnation is all you’ll find.


As the rope is tight around your neck.
No need for regret no use looking back.
Your face turning red and you’re burning inside.
You’re going to hell and its a one way ride.

(HangmaN Band.)

Pondering the big news story of the day, Saddams pending and long overdue demise, I am reminded of an event I experienced in 1974 while stationed at Clark AB, in Angeles City, Republic of the Philippine Islands.

It was a sweltering day during the dry season. The SYM shared a two bedroom apartment with his best friend and their girlfriends, who were sisters. The apartment had no air conditioning, they only used fans, and it didn’t bother them much except in the middle of the afternoon when the equatorial Sun shown straight down on the corrugated metal roof.

The SYM had been sleeping, after arriving home at around 7:30a.m., from working a graveyard shift. The heat made it uncomfortable to sleep so he got up to get something cold to drink with the intent of going back to bed after making a few phone calls. He got a glass of iced tea, turned on the television and sat back in the rattan couch with two fans on high speed. There was a TV station broadcasting out of Manila, about ninety miles south, that always had a good American Western movie on at about 1p.m. The movie was very good and he had never seen it before. He became lost in the morality play, with a sleep deprived mind and personal thoughts. Then something happened that he did not expect(who could?) and it altered his perspective on where he was, how he conducted himself and just what a tyrant was capable of.

President Ferdinand Marcos declared Martial Law on 21 Sep 72 by signing Proclamation 1081. There is much info in the hyperlinks to explain what happened during this period of time and will leave it to you if you chose to read it. The main theme Marcos promoted from this ambitious political act was to create a “New Society.” As with all Martial Law states, civil courts are suspended and Military Tribunals take their place. One of the features of this period was the rapid increase of corruption, which had been present, but not as policy. The laws and their enforcement were harsh, and there are many reports of people disappearing or being “invited” to be questioned by the authorities, never to be seen alive again.

There was one young man, I can’t remember his full name and can’t find it on the net, but I remember his first name was ‘Mao,’ and he was of Chinese descent. There had always been a large Chinese population in the Philippines, as they have been master sailors and traders for many centuries. This young man was arrested and charged with the illegal production of heroin, tried by Tribunal and found guilty. I had heard about it on the radio and heard a few people mention it, but it didn’t really concern me, just more news. Many of us speculated that his real crime was not paying off the right people, enough people, or paying off enough. He was sentenced to death.

With that info, I return you to a sweaty young man sitting on a couch watching a Western movie. Suddenly, the movie was interrupted by a blank screen, then a line of soldiers marching into a courtyard with bright white adobe walls. He thought…“WTF?” Oh, it must be an advertisement for a new movie, but…that can’t be right, the soldiers are carrying M-16’s, not bolt-action rifles…WTF is this? Then a young man was escorted to the wall facing the soldiers, bound to his position and blindfolded. He still couldn’t comprehend what he was seeing, there was no audio, just the natural sounds of the scene and the sounds of some birds. The officer attending the prisoner then briskly stepped aside and in Tagalog instructions were issued, which he could partially understand, and the soldiers charged their weapons and took firing positions. The sweaty young man stood up and got closer to the TV, to try and understand what was going on. When were they going to end this movie trailer and announce the name of the movie, and when it would reach theaters? Then the order to fire was issued. Shots were fired, the prisoner slumped immediately. The attending officer walked over, issued the coup de grace and the screen went blank. The sweaty young man is really perplexed now. Why won’t they give us the details of the movie? Then a voice came on the blank screen…finally…but the short explanation sends chills through his body. “You have just witnessed the execution of Mao(something-something) for crimes against the New Society.” That was it, no further statement was issued and soon the Western resumed.

Perhaps it was because of his state of mind, the fact that he was a Military Policeman that worked with the local and national police, and the realization that this was a democratic country in suspension, that he turned the TV off and stood there in shock. These guys are serious! The image now, of the man being executed, finished off and the cold sterility of the scene had frozen him into a stunned condition. Finally, his roommate and ladies returned from shopping and they looked at him and asked what was wrong. He tried to explain what he had witnessed, but he was incoherent; he couldn’t speak as quickly as the events and thoughts were running through his mind. His roomie offered him a cold San Miguel beer, which he gladly accepted with a shaking hand.

After a little while and after some friendly chit-chat, he was able to express himself more clearly, and to grasp better where he was and what he needed to do. For the next several weeks, he was the best citizen of the world that ever existed. When he came to a stop sign he didn’t just stop, he lingered. He didn’t speed or change lanes without signaling, spit on the ground, or get drunk in public. He did nothing wrong! It’s from that moment that he determined that televising executions live are a powerful deterrent to would-be criminals, but was not something he ever wanted to witness again.

As for Saddam, a nice color print will be sufficient, for me.

39 Responses

  1. I don’t think I want to watch an execution either. This is really a powerful story, and I appreciate you posting it. With your permission, I’d like to cross-post it over at NP.

    Oh, I pulled my latest post when I realized that I had covered up this essay. I’m going to let this stay up at the top of the page till after about 9 pm, when we should have some word about saddam, then I’ll repost my thread.

  2. Post it as you like, as it was with your kind permission that I posted it here.
    I wondered what happened to the post, when I clicked on the comment bar.
    Still watching the Liberty Bowl. What a shoot-out! 28-27 at halftime, and almost 600yds of total offense. Go Coogs!

    Here is an interesting article.

  3. Yeah, I’ve got the game on right now!

  4. Kind of bogged down, from the first half. Could be an exciting finish.

  5. Good grief. After reading the comments, I wonder how they manage to survive in the world.

  6. What do you mean, Swampie?
    /still plenty of time left for the Coog’s

  7. /there is never enough time

  8. good game. cougars had a great year.

  9. Yeah, they had a good year, but the game could have been much better.

    Found a nice tribute video for Saddam, and his efforts.
    The Man Comes Around.

  10. Awad Hamed al-Bandar, the former chief justice of the Revolutionary Court, was convicted and sentenced alongside Saddam. He asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to order the military not to turn him over to Iraqi officials.

    The appeals court issued only a short order denying al-Bandar’s request, removing a procedural hurdle before the execution is to be carried out.

    Al-Bandar argued that his trial violated his rights under the U.S. Constitution, but the Justice Department argued that foreigners being tried in foreign courts are not protected by the U.S. Constitution.

  11. Justice Department argued that foreigners being tried in foreign courts are not protected by the U.S. Constitution.
    imagine the ACLU heads exploding with that statement.

  12. Okay, somebody is going to have to put a disclaimer into all the Law and Order series so that people murderers know that the U. S. Constitution applies in the United States and not to (alleged) murderers being tried for crimes in their own country.

    You’d think that a judge would be fairly conversant with the law.

  13. *AAH* Imagining it right now! *AAH*
    Notice how bravely they face their own justice, after years of issuing their own brand of justice on others.
    /anal sphincters

  14. Swampie, what did you mean up at #6?

  15. Oh, I thought you were pulling my leg (cut that out!) The comments at the bottom of that article you posted about Bush the evil world bully. Sheesh.

  16. Oh!
    I never read the comments, only the article.

  17. One example from the comments from “A personal note on the execution of Saddam Hussein”:

    Who is going to pay for the deaths of the innocent civilians due to Operation Iraqi Freedom? Colonel, you are a delusional American, and an example of why other people hate us. Saddam was a dictator, but the circumstances in Iraq were far better under his rule than they are today. Anyone involved in your operation must have known the risks involved, unlike the average citizen of Bagdad who is exposed to violence today.

  18. some people put too much value in being loved around the world.
    I haven’t spent too much time worrying about their feelings. I’ve got enough on my own plate.

  19. I think “far better” has a different meaning in his universe.

  20. One of my acquaintances is like that; busily stabbing other people in the back because they don’t “like her”. She has not yet figured out that it’s because she’s a total bitch that will turn on anybody in her quest for universal love and thus will never get it.

    /Such is life in a small southern town.

  21. Hunh.
    Sounds like life in the big city, as well.

  22. I just heard Skeletor talking to some UN lawyer babe (who looks like Michelle Malkin), they were talking about the trial not being perceived as “fair” by the muslim world. And, I’m ,thinking, who TF is this muslim world skeltor and the UN lawyer babe are worried about? The educated reasonable professionals have already gotten TF out of the muslim world and relocated to the west. The rest of the muslim world gets their viewpoint from al jazeera and state controlled newspapers who use US bashing as means of pacifying the muslim world. There’s no freaking way we’re going to be perceived as fair in the muslim world. Fainess? Fairness is weakness. That’s one reason I was so pleased to see the politically incorrect Ethiopian army kick the muslim world out of somalia.

  23. This is the time that was given earlier as the time of execution.

  24. Ahhh, Greta, the death babe, how appropriate!

  25. Ol’Lurch. He’s too smart for us, and too nuanced.

  26. Oh, dang, poor Greta!

  27. I would like to be flipping back and forth between Fox and a science show; SwampMan is watching some movie with vampires.

    /COMPLETELY television incompatible here.

  28. Well, I’m all for breaking news, but I can’t bear listening to the sensational tone in Greta’s voice.

  29. Well, all that is on television (SwampMan’s arm was twisted) was Greta talking to one of Saddam’s lawyers about how the trial was a sham and unfair and Bush wanted Saddam executed.

  30. So…is it official then, or do we need some other stamp of officialdom?

  31. I’m awaiting a second opinion.

    /Is he really most sincerely dead?

  32. […] No2liberals on the death of Saddam Hussein, truly an interesting read. […]

  33. Thanks, Chad.

  34. Hey N2L good comment about your post at the Bullpen! Deservedly so.

  35. I saw the video and he was hanging around…

  36. On the side note, the song you have posted is song of the Israely band HangmaN, not the one from Finland, which you have posted their website.

  37. Dang!
    Thanks Eyal, I will check that and edit accordingly. Didn’t mean to give false attribution.

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